Growth is a function of the available energy.
As energy sources have increased, the production of wealth has increased. Greater wealth meant better standard of living for ever greater number of people.
Humanity’s future is open-ended.
taken from Antanu Dey's blog post
Why hasn’t evolution made every species freaking huge?
Aaron Clauset of the Santa Fe Institute and Doug Erwin of the Museum of Natural History, explained why in a paper that is dense but summed up in a wonderful sentence:
The tendency for evolution to create larger species is counterbalanced by the tendency of extinction to kill” off larger species
Management has three basic tasks to perform:
- Establish the requirements that employees are to meet
- Supply the wherewithal that the employees need in order to meet those requirements
- Spend all its time encouraging and helping the employees to meet those requirements
- Philip Crosby reference
IEEE's code of ethics includes this:
[We agree] 1. to hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public, to strive to comply with ethical design and sustainable development practices, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
Faster... Better... Cheaper... Pick any two.
“Experience is what you got when you didn’t get what you wanted.” --- Howard Marks
“It’s not supposed to be easy. Anyone who finds it easy is stupid.” — Charlie Munger
The ability to risk looking like an idiot is necessary for being different.
Extraordinary performance comes from being different
To learn is to broaden, to experience more, to snatch new aspects of life for yourself. To refuse to learn or to be relieved at not having to learn is to commit a form of suicide; in the long run, a more meaningful type of suicide than the mere ending of physical life.
Knowledge is not only power; it is happiness, and being taught is the intellectual analog of being loved.
— Isaac Asimov, Yours, Isaac Asimov: A Life in Letters